If you saw the "Passion of the Christ", you know that the crucifixion was no little thing. It was a horrible death to die. The movie could only portray a part of the true suffering that Jesus really went through.
The crucifixion of Jesus was not a tale, a fable, folklore or a movie, it was real. It happened. Jesus was beaten. He was spat upon. He was cursed. He was mistreated. He was in travail of soul. Yet with each step, with each lash of the whip, with each pulling of His beard, with each accusation, He had you on His mind. The Bible says that He endured the suffering and agony of the cross for the "joy that was set before Him". What joy? There was no joy in being beaten. There was no joy in being betrayed by those you loved. There was no joy in being nailed by your hands and feet to a cross. There was no joy in being mocked and exposed before the world.
The joy was in the vision. The vision of you and I in His Kingdom. He knew that what He was doing would open up the door of entrance for us into the eternal presence of His Heavenly Father. He knew that the payment of our sins would be once and for all taken care of. He could "see" us by faith-- yes, Jesus operated in faith even at the cross-- in HIs Kingdom living with Him forever. He knew what He was doing, though painful and humiliating, would give us access into heaven. And the vision that He saw of us living there, gave Him great joy-- the kind of joy that caused Him to endure to the end.
The only thing that gives Him as much joy now is when one of us accept His suffering at the cross as our access into heaven and enter in. Have you done that? Have you accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord? He rejoices over you when you do.
Have a great day. Through His pain and suffering on the cross, Jesus never lost sight of the vision of you and I living in His Kingdom with Him forever, and that gave Him joy.
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